Nine people including five police personnel have been killed and over a dozen others injured in a blast on the outskirts of Lahore on Wednesday night.
Deputy Inspector General Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed that it was a suicide attack which targeted a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima (congregation) of Tableeghi Jamaat is held.
"I can at the moment say that police was the target", he said.
A suicide blast claimed nine lives and left over 20 wounded as the attacker targeted a police picket ahead of a religious congregation underway in Raiwind area.
It was such a powerful blast that its sound was heard several kilometers from the site. He said four of the dead were police.
The Bomb Disposal Squad of police is examining the site to determine the nature of the blast. He said the Rescue ambulances are shifting the injured to the Sharif medical complex and other nearby hospitals.
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Ashraf said evidence at the scene suggested a motorcycle was used. Some of them are stated to be in critical condition, triggering fears that the death toll might go up.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and expressed his grief with families of injured and killed, stating courageous police officials lay down their lives in line of duty.
No militant group has claimed the responsibility of the blast so far.
He also directed to intensify operations of search, sweep, combing and intelligence, while increase security for sensitive installations, educational institutes, places of worships and markets. The suicide attack has taken place a week before the semi-finals of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore.
This is the first explosion targeting the provincial capital in 2018.